Barefoot Events

Barefoot Events

Any course, conference, seminar, summit, or shindig that will help improve the knowledge and understanding of the wonderful beast that is the horse…

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LH Gateway to Hoof Care Clinic UK 2018 - Sarah Oliver

Date: March 12th -16th 

Kershopefoot, Cumbria

Gateway to Natural Hoof Care Clinic

Stonegarthside Hall, Kershopefoot, Scottish Borders

9:00 am Monday, 12 March through 3:00 pm Friday, 16 March, 2018.

The “Gateway Clinic” is the foundation of our Hoof Care Training Programs. It is where the road to a professional hoof care career and certification begins. But it is also a very valuable clinic for non-professionals. Participants receive hands-on, supervised instruction that prepares them to successfully trim their own horse or evaluate the work of their professional trimmer. In addition, it is a perfect venue for enlightened individuals seeking authentic information about factors that affect hoof health and the mental and physical wellbeing of horses.

Cadaver hooves are used during the clinic, so, participants can focus on learning to trim without the worry of handling a horse. This also allows participants to become proficient trimmers without putting a live horse’s hooves at risk.

Accommodations: Students will stay at Stonegarthside Hall Sunday, March 11 - Friday, March 16. Private or semi-private rooms (two twin beds) are available. There are four bathrooms that will be shared by a maximum of nine people. Students must provide linens.

Meet & Greet: Sunday 7 pm, March 11 at Stonegarthside Hall

Meals: Self-serve breakfast each morning. Our host says she has plenty of chicken and turkey eggs. Lunch and supper will be prepared by a local chef Monday - Friday.

Transportation: There is free onsite parking. Nearest airports are Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, and Newcastle. From the airport, you can travel by train to Carlisle. We will meet you in Carlisle and bring you the rest of the way to Stonegarthside Hall.

 Registration opens September 15, 2017 and closes February 12, 2018, or when clinic is full. Registration fees include five-day clinic, accommodations, transfer from train station to and from Stonegarthside Hall, and lunch and supper Monday through Friday. Partial payment options are available. Space is limited.

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Evo Hoof Boot Fitting Clinic for Equine Podiatrists, Trimmers, Farriers and Vets - Horse and More/Evo Horse

Date: Sat April 28 2018

Location: Norris's Farm, North Road, Bretherton, Leyland, Lancs PR26 9AY

EVO Hoof Boot Fitting Clinic For Trimmers, Farriers and Vets.
Horse and More in partnership with Evo Horse is holding the first Evo hoof boot clinic in the UK on Saturday 28 April in Lancashire.
Albert Villasevil Florensa, from Evo Horse (a Veterinarian specialising in equine podiatry) will be flying over from Spain especially for the event.

There will be a theory element to the day, but a large part of the clinic will be a demonstration of how Evo Boots can be adapted and heated fitted by hoof care professionals especially on more “tricky” hooves. These boots have been designed using an in-depth knowledge of biomechanics, for ease of use and natural horse movement. We will have four very different equine models available on the day for fitting.

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Practical hoof trimming experience  - Nick Hill and Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS

Date: By Arrangement


Whether you are a horse owner, a barefoot hoof trimmer, a veterinary professional, a farrier or are simply working with horses on a regular basis, you would have already come across different aspects of hoof care. Maybe you know a little bit but would like to expand your knowledge or maybe you work with horses’ hooves on a regular basis but would like to experience something different and gain more practice.

We don’t sell books, videos, equipment or horse feeds. We are all about gaining practical experience and skills in barefoot hoof trimming that you could use with your own horses or with your client’s equines. We discuss ideas and opinions openly. For us there could be no silly questions.

We are a team of a natural hoof care practitioner (Nick Hill) and an equine orientated veterinary surgeon (Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS) that is based in Bulgaria. We work with horses, donkeys and mules on a daily basis providing medical treatment, dietary advice and hoof trimming.

What could you expect? The practical travelling and learning experience is reserved for those, who have already gained some experience in hoof trimming and natural hoof care but would like to find out more about some pathological conditions of the hoof and how to practically tackle them. You will be travelling with us on our rounds around Bulgaria, during which we examine, treat and trim horses’ hooves. You will see everything from straight forward trimming cases to pathologically deformed hooves. We will walk you through the process of bringing the equine back to equilibrium through treatment, diet, environmental changes and barefoot trimming. Amongst the regular clients there are always emergency cases that need our help, which you will be able to see and assess with us.

How it works We can take on one or two students at a time. We feel it is important for our clients and their horses that they have our undivided attention but also for our students to experience an atmosphere of learning where hands on is part of the training. You could spend between 3 and 7 days with us on the ground with 2 travel days. We will be travelling extensively around Bulgaria, spending each day in a different area of the country. The price includes three meals per day (all dietary requirements catered for) and accommodation. Travelling is done by car. Students pay for their own flight tickets to Bulgaria.

If you are less experienced We could also offer short courses for up to two people where we would introduce you to the basis of natural hoof care, expanding on anatomy, physiology, digestion and diet, environmental conditions and horse care. These days will be tailored to your individual needs. While still practical in nature, this type of training will involve much less travelling and will be mostly based around the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and prices. Dates for the rounds around the country are loosely set until the rest of the year.

Contact Nick